Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Roy Ballard and the Drought of 2012
Roy Ballard, Purdue Extension Educator spoke to Kiwanis about what to expect after the drought of 2012. Ballard spoke about how to spot damage, what to do if damage occurred, and how to prevent future damage.
Ballard said young plants are most affected by drought due to the lack of a mature root system.
To minimize additional stress delay pruning and fertilizing . Cracks, dieback of the plant, insect infestation and disease may appear to drought stressed plantings.
During a drought it is recommended that you avoid light frequent watering and do deep watering less frequently. Mulching is important but mulch should not touch the trunk of any tree. Too much mulch can be a problem as well.
The topic will be discussed at the April 19, Lunch and Learn meeting from 12 to 1:00 p.m. at the Hancock County Extension Office, 802 North Apple, Greenfield (just north of the fairgrounds). For more information contact Ballard at 317 462-1113.
Pictured: Roy Ballard, Purdue Extension Educator
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